Ready for something different? Does your dog love to pull? Would you like to get in shape with your dog cross country skiing classic or skate style? Skijoring is a sport in which you cross-country ski with the assistance of your dog. One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. Many breeds of dog participate in skijoring. The only prerequisite is a desire to run down a trail and pull, which is innate in many dogs.
World class competitor Karen Koehler will be your instructor. Koehler has been teaching people how to do activities in the outdoors since 1997. She is a director of the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports, and president of the Ontario Federation of Sleddog sports (OFSS), and member of Mush Larose and FQMECA. She has instructed adults and youth at OFSS and FQMECA club events, and taught private lessons for OFSS. She helped bring the 2017 International Federation of Sleddog Sports, Winter World Championship, to Haliburton Ontario, where she competed and placed as top North American female in two events. She competed at the IFSS 2015 Dryland World Championships in Bristol QC. She also competed in IFSS World Championships in Germany, Alaska and Norway.
• Level 1: Lessons for beginners who want to learn how to skijor (or kicksled). Kicksleds are available for lone, or you can bring your own.
• Level 2: Lessons for the more experienced skijorer (or kicksled) to improve ski skills, communicating with your dog in harness, and moving as a smoother team. Kicksleds also available for lone, or you can bring your own.
• Tips & Tricks: These session are good for people who already have had a lesson and want to continue building on the skills they need to be a more consistent human and dog team, with other people and dogs to help. This will include tips on technique for skijoring, as well as tips on reading your dogs thoughts better and making your thoughts as clear as possible to your dog! There is an option for advanced skiers to borrow a dog as Karen's dogs have become great teachers!
- Private - $115/person for first lesson includes instruction, OFSS annual membership and trail fee;$85 for subsequent lessons includes instruction and trail fee.
- Semi Private - $75/person for first lesson includes instruction, OFSS annual membership and trail fee; $50 for subsequent lessons includes instruction and trail fee
- Three to five persons - $65/person for first lesson includes instruction, OFSS membership and trail fee; $35for subsequent lessons includes instruction and trail fee
Tips and Tricks
- 1 Tips & Tricks Session - $25
- 5 Tips & Tricks Sessions - $65
- 10 Tips & Tricks Sessions - $130
Minimum - 1 person; maximum - 5 persons
• physically fit
• cross country ski experience
• cross country ski equipment (skate or classic)
• A dog with a desire to run down a trail and pull
• All participants are required to become members of Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports
• Participants will sign waivers for Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports and Yours Outdoors
Rate does not include equipment rentals. All rate subject to HST